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41 for Freedom: Polaris Submarines

Published 1962

Celebrates the launching of the nation's forty-one Polaris fleet ballistic missile submarines, the "41 for Freedom". These boats formed the nation's undersea nuclear deterrent throughout most of the Cold War. Features footage of USS Tunny (SS-282), USS Woodrow Wilson (SSBN-624), USS Lafayette (SSBN-616), USS Daniel Boone (SSBN-629), USS Mariano G. Vallejo (SSBN-658), USS Will Rogers (SSBN-659), and USS Nautilus (SSN-571). Includes footage of the development of the missile concept, including the Regulus missile era, and testing of the Polaris missile system. First lady Jackie Kennedy appears briefly, as she christens the USS Lafayette.

Run time 27 minutes 35 seconds
Producer U.S. Government
Audio/Visual sound, color
Language English


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